About Chikankari

Chikankari is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery on a variety of textile fabric like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, net, etc. White thread is embroidered on cool, pastel shades of light muslin and cotton garments. Lucknow is the heart of the chikankari industry today and the variety is known as Lucknawi chikan.

Lucknowi Chikankari is one of its kind hand embroidery, a variety of stitching styles are involved in chikan embroidery. It takes many years for an artisan to master the techniques of chikankari, chikan embroidery requires discipline and precision of detail in its formation.

Chikan which literally means embroidery is known to have been introduced by Nur Jehan, the wife of Mughal emperor Jahangir. Lucknow is the heart of the chikankari industry today. Chikankari is delicate and is artfully done on a variety of textile fabric like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, net, etc.